Beaver County

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Beaver County's unique history is reflected in the five flags that once flew as claim to the area, as well as in the fact that for 70 years the land between the 100th and 103rd meridians and between 36˚30' and the 37th parallels belonged to no territory, state, or nation—hence the name "No Man's Land." Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado traveled through the west central part of the area on his return to Mexico from his hunt for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Later ranchers, cattle, and freight trails brought permanent settlements. In 1903, homesteaders, sometimes called "punkin rollers," began to stake claims, build sod houses, and become permanent residents long before there was any law and order, since no government existed.
ISBN: 9780738583501
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
V. Pauline Hodges, Ph.D., grew up during the Dust Bowl in Beaver County and has written numerous books and articles about the area's unique history. Harold Kachel, Ed.D., is a farmer, rancher, and former professor and administrator at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Both Hodges and Kachel have served on the boards of directors for No Man's Land Historical Society and the Beaver County Historical Society. Joe Lansden is the editor and publisher of the Herald Democrat, one of the oldest newspapers in the state of Oklahoma. His articles on Beaver County history still serve each week to keep the readers informed about their heritage.
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